Thoughts on the Dead “promotes” my project

July 25th, 2017

It’s always fun to read Thoughts on the Dead, and even more fun to be mentioned!

I appreciate the links to my Indiegogo project and the audio sampler… and the selection of photos!

WYEP feature on my new project

July 24th, 2017

WYEP Pittsburgh has a nice “guest DJ” piece where I get to talk about my CD project. Listen here.

I am performing at the Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh on Thursday, with Fungus. From there I go to Nelson Ledges, four gigs with Pearly Baker’s Best, and more. Full tour details here.

And here is a link to the Indiegogo campaign. I’m asking for pre-orders – $15 for a digital download, $25 for a signed CD, or $100 for both those items plus a bonus disc with alternate takes, demos, etc.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1505

July 23rd, 2017

Week of July 24, 2017

Part 1 27:49
Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 9 (8/11/74) (Round Records)
AIN’T NO WOMAN (LIKE THE ONE I’VE GOT)
North Mississippi Allstars, Prayer for Peace (Songs of the South/Legacy)
BID YOU GOODNIGHT
Midnight North, Under the Lights (Trazmick Recordings)
EVERYDAY

Part 2 26:19
Grateful Dead 8/30/85 Southern Star Amphitheater, Houston TX
BIRD SONG
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
DEAL

Midnight North is a band featuring Grahame Lesh, son of you-know-who. And coincidentally, Grahame sang on the North Mississippi Allstars track that precedes his song!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen plays The Cap with his new band The Nightflyers on August 3 and 4. The Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer has recruited four young musicians for his new project. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1504

July 16th, 2017

Week of July 17, 2017

Part 1 27:32
Dead & Company 6/30/17 Wrigley Field, Chicago
LET IT GROW->
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND

Part 2 28:07
Grateful Dead 8/30/85 Southern Star Amphitheater, Houston TX
JACK STRAW
ROW JIMMY
CC RIDER

Dead & Company summer tour shows are available for download in a variety of formats from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Sunday, July 30, Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh, son of the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, plays The Cap with premier Grateful Dead tribute band, Stella Blue’s Band. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

“Drop the Bone” update

July 15th, 2017

We are at about 40% of goal on my new studio CD project, Drop the Bone

Here’s a short sampler of the work in progress.

Players on these tracks include Robin Sylvester (Ratdog), Holly Bowling, Bob Bralove, Jordan Feinstein, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Terry Haggerty, Neil Hampton, J Raoul Brody, and many more greats.

The record is a mix of electric and acoustic, small-ensemble and full-band, mostly original songs. There’s a lot of pure improvisation, too!

This Indiegogo campaign is basically a pre-order scheme. $15 gets you a digital download, $25 a signed CD; and $100 gets you both those items plus a bonus audio CD of alternate takes, jams, and demos.

Please contribute if you can, and please spread the link around your networks. Thanks!!

Cover painting by Vi©kisa

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1503

July 9th, 2017

Week of July 10, 2017

Part 1 26:45
Dead & Company 6/18/17 Fenway Park, Boston MA
JAM->
TRUCKIN’->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Part 2 27:58
Dead & Company 6/10/17 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
CHINA DOLL->
DARK STAR

Bassist Oteil Burbridge sang lead on several songs in the Dead & Company summer tour of 2017. This week’s program features two of those performances: “Fire on the Mountain” and “China Doll.” Recordings of the tour are available in various formats from livedead.co.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, reminding you about the Sunday afternoon Shakedown at Garcia’s! Doors for these free events open at 1PM, with live music, craft vendors, food, and much more. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1502

July 2nd, 2017

Week of July 3, 2017

Part 1 25:14
Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip soundtrack (Rhino)
DARK STAR (2/14/70)

Part 2 30:07
Grateful Dead 8/3/69 Family Dog on the Great Highway, San Francisco
ALLIGATOR->
DRUMS->
THE OTHER ONE

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

Terrapin Stationers, announcing The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book, Collection One. Several of Jerry’s beloved works have been adapted for this project, which also includes two pages of color-in postcards. The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book is available from terrapinstationers.com

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Graham Nash, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Crosby, Stills, and Nash AND with the Hollies, comes to The Cap on Saturday, July 15. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

“Drop the Bone” update

June 28th, 2017

I just got word that red-hot piano player Holly Bowling has agreed to let me use one of the wonderful jams we recorded (acoustic, with Joe Klye, Jr. on bass) in January.

Crowdfunding a new studio CD: “Drop the Bone”

June 27th, 2017

Drop the Bone is a phrase spoken often by my late business manager and spiritual advisor, Carolyn “Goldie” Rush – to whom this record is dedicated. It was great advice: “Stop gnawing on your troubles all the time. Get your shit together and get on with it.”

I met Goldie in the late ‘70s, when she was a partner in a management business called Organizational Common Sense. Bob Weir was one of her clients, and Jon McIntire was one of her closest friends as well as the manager of the Bob Weir Band at the time. We became friends over the course of a few years.

When a series of accidents led me to incorporate (as Truth and Fun, Inc.) in order to enter a contract with Grateful Dead Productions to produce and distribute the Grateful Dead Hour, GDP required that I hire Goldie to manage the business (ands keep an eye on me for them). I was happy to oblige, and Goldie ran my business until her death in the spring of 2005.

Dealing with the Grateful Dead wasn’t always easy nor pleasant, and Goldie talked me down from a number of rages and/or depressions over the course of our collaboration. I have always referred to her as “my business manager and spiritual advisor.” She protected my business and my heart, and I still think about her every day.

Our mutual friend Vi©kisa made a painting titled Goldie says Drop the Bone (see above), which I bought from her with the idea of eventually using it to illustrate a song called “Drop the Bone.”

A few years ago I suggested to Peter Rowan – who also was a good friend of Goldie’s – that we write “Drop the Bone” together. I’ve been a huge fan of his songwriting for decades, and I figured his spirituality and our shared love of our late friend would lead to a satisfying result. We worked on it in a hotel room in Ohio, and we had a couple more sessions at Pete’s house, and then our separate travels prevented more in-person collaboration.

Some time later, I got a message from Peter’s manager asking for my publishing info. Peter had finished “Drop the Bone” and had recorded it and was planning to release it on an album titled The Old School. Compass Records even made a video for it!

This version of the song was not at all what I had in mind –

I’m wanderin’ around all day long
I’m a little stray dog honey when you’re gone
And every evenin’ when you come home
You throw your little puppy dog a bone

– but I like it just fine and I am honored to have a collaboration with Peter Rowan on my resume (along with two songs co-written with Robert Hunter).

I still haven’t managed to write a song that does justice to Goldie’s profound advice, but I worked the phrase “Drop the Bone” into another song – “Summer By the Bay” – which is on this new record I’m working on.

Now, to the work in progress: Drop the Bone is a studio record that covers the various corners of my weird musical universe: acoustic, electric; solo, trio, full-band; originals and interpretations.

These are the songs I have already started work on. I’ve got a few more songs under consideration; budgeting issues may help determine what gets recorded.

Summer By the Bay, River and Drown, Life Is a Jam – full electric band
Be Like Earl – acoustic quartet
Your Movie – acoustic, with trombone
Norwegian Wood (Lennon-McCartney) – “solo electric” with looping
Rainbow Fox-> Box of Rain (Hunter-Lesh) – “solo electric” with looping, beginning with an improvised piece.
Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt) – acoustic trio

And these are the great players I’ve been working with:

Jeff Hobbs – violin, cello, trumpet, saxophones
Robin Sylvester, Joe Kyle, Jr., Dave Jess, and Allegra Thompson – bass
Holly Bowling, Jordan Feinstein and J Raoul Brody – keyboards
Neil Hampton and John Hanes – drums
Greg Stephens – trombone
Eric Thompson – mandolin
Suzy Thompson – fiddle

As with my last couple of records, I have the great privilege and pleasure of working with two amazing engineers who are also good friends: Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Sound and Jim LeBrecht of Berkeley Sound Artists.

I’m looking for the funds to finish the record and get it mastered, packaged, pressed, and promoted. Here is a link to the Indiegogo campaign page. Thank you for your support!

Tour dates June 29-July 5

June 27th, 2017

MORE INFO and more tour dates at dgans.com/gigs.html

  • Thursday, June 29: Joe’s on Weed Street, 940 W Weed Street, Chicago
  • Saturday, July 1, 7pm: DG plays live and hosts the Dead & Company webcast at the Mousetrap, 5565 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis
  • Sunday, July 2: House concert in Hopwood PA. Email me for info/reservation.
  • Monday, July 3: House concert in Blacklick OH. Email me for info/reservation.
  • Tuesday, July 4: Trashgrass Tuesday w/ DG and members of the Rumpke Mountain Boys at Stanley’s Pub, Cincinnati OH
  • Wednesday, July 5: DG, theSHIFT, and Scarlet & Grateful at Notes, 520 S High Street, Columbus OH
  • Grateful Dead Hour no. 1501

    June 25th, 2017

    Week of June 26, 2017

    Part 1 36:27
    Grateful Dead 8/3/69 Family Dog on the Great Highway, San Francisco
    DARK STAR
    Interview: Corry Arnold of Lost Live Dead

    Part 2 18:49
    Doc & Merle Watson, Never the Same Way Once
    GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD
    Dead and Company 6/18/17 Fenway Park, Boston
    DARK STAR->
    RIPPLE

    A two-“Dark Star” show – my kind of GD radio!

    The Corry Arnold interview was recorded during the annual KPFA Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon on March 11. The voices of Tim Lynch and Joe Burke are heard briefly during the conversation. Lost Live Dead is a seriously deep dive into the history of the Grateful Dead and related musical enterprises – well worth a regular visit.

    The 6/18 Dead and Company show is available for download in a variety of formats. All the other shows from the current tour are also available at livedead.co

    The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

    Terrapin Stationers, announcing The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book, Collection One.  Several of Jerry’s beloved works have been adapted for this project, which also includes two pages of color-in postcards. The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book is available from terrapinstationers.com

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, presenting a double dose of the Grateful Dead’s music at The Cap on Sunday, July 30. Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh and Westchester’s Stella Blue’s Band will take the stage for a real good time. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1500

    June 18th, 2017

    Week of June 19, 2017

    Part 1 24:43
    Dead & Company 6/10/176 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
    HELP ON THE WAY->
    SLIPKNOT!->
    FRANKLIN’S TOWER

    Part 2 30:34
    Grateful Dead 8/3/69 Family Dog on the Great Highway, San Francisco
    HARD TO HANDLE
    BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE
    HI-HEEL SNEAKERS
    HIGH TIME
    MAMA TRIED

    8/3/69 is a VERY interesting show! There’s a saxophone player and a violin player, never identified on the tape, adding great stuff on the songs and jams. This recording will continue in next week’s show, and we’ll talk with historian Corry Arnold about who those guests might be – and who they definitely aren’t.

    BTW I’m pretty sure it’s David Nelson playing the guitar solo in “Mama Tried.” Sounds much more like him than Jerry.

    Dead & Company live shows are available from livedead.co, and of course tickets for the tour (which continues through July 1) are available from deadandcompany.com

    The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

    Terrapin Stationers, announcing The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book, Collection One. Several of Jerry’s beloved works have been adapted for this project, which also includes two pages of color-in postcards. The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book is available from terrapinstationers.com

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com..

    Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, June 28, musicians of all playing ability and performance experience are invited to “Play Dead,” at Grateful Dead open mic night. Members of Stella Blue’s Band will perform as your backing band. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1499

    June 11th, 2017

    Week of June 12, 2017

    Part 1 21:59
    Dead & Company 6/1/17 Hollywood Bowl
    MORNING DEW
    Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm, Begin to Dance (Water Street Music)
    CRAZY FINGERS
    Doc & Merle Watson, Never the Same Way Once (Owsley Stanley Foundation)
    DEEP ELEM BLUES (5/1/74)

    Part 2 33:17
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    STELLA BLUE
    THROWING STONES
    NOT FADE AWAY
    ~
    JOHNNY B GOODE

    Dead & Company shows are available for download in a variety of formats from livedead.co – and of course, Dead & Company are on tour until July 1. Tickets are still available!

    The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

    Terrapin Stationers, announcing the Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book, Collection One.  Several of Jerry’s beloved works have been adapted for this project, which also includes two pages of color-in postcards. The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book is available from terrapinstationers.com


    Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The music of Bob Dylan will be featured at DeadCenter on Wednesday, June 21, when the Hambones perform a retrospective of Dylan’s music. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1498

    June 4th, 2017

    Week of June 5, 2017

    Part 1 31:45
    Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip soundtrack
    ALTHEA (5/16/80)
    Talk
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    ESTIMATED PROPHET->
    EYES OF THE WORLD->
    DRUMS

    Part 2 24:24
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    DRUMS->
    SPACE->
    IKO IKO->
    MAN SMART (WOMAN SMARTER)

    Hamza El-Din and Jose Laurenzo join the band during “drums,” and several members of the Neville Bros. are on board for the jam, “Iko Iko” and “Man Smart (Woman Smarter).”

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour through July 1.

    Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, June 17, Stella Blue’s Band continues the Grateful Dead live experience at Garcia’s Deadcenter, a weekly Grateful Dead night with a nod to the legendary Wetlands Preserve. The good times roll every Wednesday at Garcia’s! Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1497

    May 28th, 2017

    Week of May 29, 2017

    Part 1 27:09
    Grateful Dead, Cornell ’77
    DANCING IN THE STREETS
    Leslie Mendelson, Love and Murder
    BLUE BAYOU (with Bob Weir)
    Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks 2017 Bonus Disc (12/6/71)
    JACK STRAW

    Part 2 28:39
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
    I KNOW YOU RIDER
    SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE
    SHIP OF FOOLS

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Sunday, July 30, Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh and Garcia’s at The Cap regulars Stella Blues Band will join for a co-bill on The Capitol Theatre stage. This will be a good ol’ fashioned Grateful Dead dance party. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.